Comenius diary

Sunday 2nd February

Comenius trip to  Innsbruck  capital city of the Tyrol region in Western Austria

7pm meet and greet with Comenius group from Malta,
Austria and the Netherlands.

Attendees:  project co-ordinator Anton Verwey

from OBS Het Palet, Opheusden Netherlands: Diana  Brouwer and Jeanette Paletopheusden

from  Gozo Sannat primary school Gozo,  Malta: Miriam Galea and Jennifer Grech

from Gozo College Qala Primary School, Gozo, Malta: Sandra Casarini and Justin Debono

from St.Cronan's B.N.S Bray Ireland: Kevin Vance, Anna Wilson, Niamh Breathnach and Fiona Egan

Our  host school Volksschule, Plangeross Austria: Peter Schonger

Monday 3rd of February 2014

Our group met under the famous’ Golden Roof’ in the charming old town of Innsbruck. We were taken on a historical tour of the Hofburg Imperial Palace, a magnificent residential complex once used by the Habsburgs. This was followed by a visit to the elegant and iconic ‘Café Sacher’ where we sampled some original ‘Sacher-Torte’. Next we visited the Tyrolean State Museum which gave us a great insight into the military history of the 18th and 19th Century. We also viewed the giant panoramic painting which depicts a series of epic battles for freedom fought by Tyrolean soldiers against Napoleon’s army in 1806. Later in the afternoon, we visited the amazing Swarovski Crystal Worlds Museum where we were enthralled by the magical displays of modern art using crystal as the primary medium.On Monday evening, we arrived in the picturesque village of Wenns in the Pitzal Valley.



Tuesday 4th February

The group visited Plangeross Volksschule to vist our host, Peter Schonger, and the pupils. The children introduced themselves in English and welcomed us to their school. St. Cronan's delivered a presentation about the Comenius project currently in action and gave a short presentation on St Cronans school. This was followed by a presentation from the Netherlands. The children then read out some of their project work for us all which was translated by Peter into English. The group worked, interacted and guided the children's learning. Peter gave a further tour of the school. It was fascinating to see how a small country school operates. Later in the day, Anton Verwey brought us on an historical walking tour of the snowy village of Plangeross (snowball fight - 1 nil to Mr Vance!! ). In the evening we visited the family home of our host Peter. We met his wonderful parents Claus and Ingrid and we sampled some traditional Tyrolean fare. In the evening we attended a spectacular snow ski show in the stunning Alpine mountains.




Wednesday  5th of February

We returned to our host school and participated in a drama workshop showcasing the pupils’ interpretation of the anti xenophobia project. Great fun was had by all. The Maltese delivered their presentation about their school and their involvement in the Comenius project. Anna Wilson gave a wonderful performance of traditional Irish music and the children participated throughout. Niamh Breathnach gave a photographic presentation of the Comenius project in action in St. Cronan's. Later we visited the spectacular Pitzal Glacier and Rifflsee, Tyrol’s highest glacier, which was an incredible experience. Finally we visited ‘150 Jahre Weihnachtskrippe’ museum where local art and craft is celebrated.

Our Comenius trip proved to be a thoroughly informative and interesting experience.
We wish to thank all of the schools who participated in the project. A special thanks to our generous host, Peter who made the project trip so memorable.


 Anna Wilson, Niamh Breathnach, Fiona Egan and Kevin Vance